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If ab = b, which of the following must be true?

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If ab = b, which of the following must be true?

A) a=1
B) b=0
C) a=1 and b=0
D) a=1 or b=1
E) a=1 or b=0

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if ab=b , which of the following must be true?
A) a=1
B) b=0
C) a=1 and b=0
D) a=1 or b=1
E) a=1 or b=0


\(ab=b........ab-b=0........b(a-1)=0\)
so a=1 or b=0 or both

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New post 27 Aug 2018, 00:20
fairly straightforward:

ab=b

any number multiplied by 1 remains the same:
1.b=b
--> a=1
there is no other option for a to be anything else since that would modify the outcome

then ask yourself: is there an option where b on it's own can make this true:
the only case where any variable number of times a number = that number is for 0
1.b=b
2.b=b
3.b=b
is only ever true for b=0

since we figured out these 2 requirements a=1, b=0 separately, this means there is no dependency, hence:
OR

a=1 or b=0

--> E

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